Playing by the book

Reviews of kids' books and the crazy, fun stuff they inspire us to do

The Colour Thief x 2

Can you imagine a world without colour, where all you see is black, white or the shades of grey in between? As a self-confessed colour junkie such a world would sap my energies and leave my life (perhaps ironically), somewhat blue. Thus when two new books came to my attention both titled ‘The Colour Thief’ […]

What makes you You? A Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize shortlistee

Each year the Royal Society awards a prize to the best book that communicates science to young people with the aim of inspiring young people to read about science. In the run up to the announcement of the winner of The Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize in the middle of November, I’ll be reviewing […]

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole: diamonds, a dog and deadpan humour

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen is full of near misses but ends up being one big hit. Forget the treasure that may or may not be buried under your feet, pick this book up and you’ll have a real gem in your hands. It starts like this: […]

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